lie
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lie(
lay
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (untruth)
a. la mentira
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She told me a lie so that I wouldn't punish her.Me dijo una mentira para que no la castigara.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to say something untrue)
a. mentir
They lied about the election results. Mintieron acerca de los resultados de las elecciónes.
3. (to lie down)
a. acostarse
Come and lie here next to me.Ven y acuéstate aquí al lado mío.
b. echarse
Sam lay on the bed because he was exhausted.Sam se echó en la cama porque estaba agotado.
c. tenderse
Could you please not lie on the sofa?¿Puede no tenderse en el sofá, por favor?
d. tumbarse
Don't lie on the damp grass.No te tumbes en la hierba húmeda.
4. (to be lying down)
a. estar acostado
The children are lying in our bed.Los niños están acostados en nuestra cama.
b. estar echado
My uncle was lying on a mat in the shade of an orange tree.Mi tío estaba echado sobre una alfombrilla a la sombra de un naranjo.
c. estar tendido
He was very pale, lying there on the stretcher.Estaba muy pálido, allí tendido en la camilla.
d. estar tumbado
My dream is to lie in a hammock on the beach.Sueño con estar en la playa tumbado en una hamaca.
5. (to be buried)
a. estar enterrado
My grandfather lies in a cemetery in San Diego.Mi abuelo está enterrado en un cementerio de San Diego.
b. yacer
Benito Juarez lies in the San Fernando Pantheon.Benito Juárez yace en el Panteón de San Fernando.
6. (to be found)
a. estar
Therein lies the problem.Allí está el problema.
b. radicar
The problem lies in the fact that we don't have enough trained language teachers.El problema radica en el hecho de que no tenemos suficientes profesores de idiomas titulados.
c. estribar
The secret to our success lies in our willingness to listen and learn.El secreto de nuestro éxito estriba en nuestra disposición para escuchar y aprender.
d. consistir
The answer lies in educating young people better.La solución consiste en educar mejor a los jóvenes.
7. (to remain)
a. estar
A book lay open on the bedside table.Un libro estaba abierto en la mesilla de noche.
b. quedar
The looms at the mill had lain idle since the strike.Los telares de la fábrica habían quedado parados desde la huelga.
c. cuajar
To the children's disappointment, the snow didn't lie.Para la decepción de los niños, la nieve no llegó a cuajar.
8. (geography)
a. estar situado
The town lies five miles south of here.El pueblo está situado a cinco millas al sur de aquí.
b. estar ubicado
The village of Waterside lies just outside Kirkintilloch.La aldea de Waterside está ubicada a poca distancia de Kirkintilloch.
c. extenderse
Before us lay the desert.Ante nosotros se extendía el desierto.
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lie
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
the lie of the landel estado de las cosas
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (person, animal; be still)
a. estar tumbado(a) or acostado(a)
3. (get down)
a. tumbarse, acostarse
here lies…aquí yace…
to lie in bedestar en la cama
I lay awake all nightpermanecí despierto toda la noche
to lie in wait for somebodypermanecer or estar a la espera de alguien
4. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to lie lowpermanecer en un segundo plano
5. (object)
a. estar
a vast plain lay before usante nosotros se extendía una vasta llanura
to lie in ruinsquedar en ruinas
the obstacles that lie in our waylos impedimentos que obstaculizan nuestro camino
the snow did not liela nieve no cuajó
6. (abstract thing)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
the responsibility lies with the authorla responsabilidad recae sobre el autor
they know where their true interests liesaben dónde se hallan sus verdaderos intereses
the difference lies in that…la diferencia radica en que…
a brilliant future lies before hertiene ante sí un brillante futuro
what lies behind this uncharacteristic generosity?¿qué hay detrás de esta inusual generosidad?
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lie [laɪ]
noun
mentira (f)
it's a lie! ¡(es) mentira!; to tell lies mentir; white lie mentira (f) piadosa
to give the lie to [+report, theory] desmentir; [+person] dar el mentís a
These staff redundancies give the lie to Tory claims that ... Mo gives the lie to all the myths about being fat and unhealthy Both projects give the lie to any prejudice that flat-living is in any way downmarket These figures give the lie to those who say RSI does not exist
intransitive verb
mentir
transitive verb
to lie one's way out of it salir del apuro mintiendo
modifier
lie detector (n) detector (m) de mentiras
lie-detector test (n) prueba (f) con el detector de mentiras
lie [laɪ] lay (past)lain (participle:past)
intransitive verb
1 [+person, animal] (act) echarse; acostarse; tenderse; tumbarse; (state) estar echado or acostado or tendido or tumbado; (in grave) yacer; estar enterrado; reposar (literary)
don't lie on the grass no te eches sobre el césped; he lay where he had fallen se quedó donde había caído
to lie asleep/in bed estar dormido/en la cama
to lie dead yacer muerto
to lie helpless estar tumbado sin poder ayudarse
here lies ... aquí yace ...
to let things lie dejar estar las cosas como están
to lie resting estar descansando
to lie still quedarse inmóvil
to lie low mantenerse a escondidas
2 (be situated) [+object] estar; [+town, house] estar situado; encontrarse; ubicarse; (LAm) (remain) quedarse; (stretch) extenderse
the book lay on the table el libro estaba sobre la mesa
our road lay along the river nuestro camino seguía a lo largo del río
the plain lay before us la llanura se extendía delante de nosotros
where does the difficulty lie? ¿en qué consiste or radica la dificultad?
the factory lay idle la fábrica estaba parada
the town lies in a valley el pueblo está situado or ubicado en un valle
England lies in third place Inglaterra está en tercer lugar or ocupa la tercera posición; the money is lying in the bank el dinero sigue en el banco
how does the land lie? ¿cuál es el estado actual de las cosas?
obstacles lie in the way hay obstáculos por delante
the problem lies in his refusal el problema estriba en su negativa
the snow lay half a metre deep había medio metro de nieve
the snow did not lie la nieve se derritió
the book lay unopened el libro quedaba sin abrir
the fault lies with you la culpa es tuya; tú eres el culpable
it lies with you to change things te corresponde a ti cambiar las cosas
noun
[of ball] posición (f)
the lie of the land (Geog) la configuración del terreno; el estado de las cosas
lie about
lie around
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
[+objects] estar por ahí tirado; [+person] pasar el tiempo sin hacer nada
we lay about on our beds nos quedamos tumbados en las camas; it must be lying about somewhere estará por aquí; debe de andar por aquí
lie back
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
recostarse;against, on sobre
lie back and think of England! ¡relájate y hazlo por la patria!
lie behind
intransitive verb
what lies behind his attitude? ¿cuál es la verdadera razón de su actitud?; I wonder what lies behind all this me pregunto qué hay detrás de todo esto
lie down
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
echarse; acostarse; tenderse; tumbarse
lie down! (to dog) ¡échate!
to lie down on the job gandulear
to take sth lying down aguantar or soportar algo sin rechistar
he's not one to take things lying down no es de los que se callan; no es de los que tragan con todo (informal); we're not going to take this lying down no nos vamos a callar con este tema; no vamos a permitir que esto se quede así
lie in
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
(stay in bed) quedarse en la cama hasta tarde
lie over
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
quedar aplazado or en suspenso
lie to
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
(Náut) (act) ponerse a la capa; (state) estar a la capa;
lie up
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
(hide) esconderse; (rest) descansar; (be out of use) quedar fuera de uso; (Náut) estar amarrado;
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líes you roll
The word líes is the present subjunctive form of liar in the second person singular. See the full liar conjugation.
liar
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liar(
lyahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to prepare)
a. to roll
Suelo fumar cigarros que lío yo mismo porque las cajetillas son más caras.I usually smoke cigarettes that I roll myself because the packs are more expensive.
2. (to bind)
a. to tie up
Asegúrate de liar bien el fardo antes de enviarlo.Make sure you tie up the bundle properly before sending it.
3. (to cover)
a. to wrap
Lié los vasos con un suéter para que no se rompieran durante la mudanza.I wrapped the glasses in a sweater so that they would not break during the move.
b. to wrap up
El asesino lió la manta al cadaver y luego lo tiró al mar.The killer wrapped the corpse up in a blanket and then threw it into the sea.
4. (to make difficult)
a. to complicate
Las mentiras de los acusados liaron la labor de búsqueda del desaparecido de la policía.The defendant's lies complicated the police's search effort for the missing person.
5. (to disconcert)
a. to confuse
Marta lió a Miguel con sus pistas y por eso él dijo la respuesta incorrecta.Marta confused Miguel with her hints and so he gave the wrong answer.
liarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
6. (to get disconcerted)
a. to confuse
Dijiste que no me amabas y ahora dices que sí. ¡Me estás liando!You said you didn't love me and now you say you do. You're confusing me!
b. to get muddled up
Mi madre se lía con el celular porque no sabe usar el teclado táctil.My mother gets muddled up with her cell phone because she can't use the touch keyboard.
7. (to commence)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to begin
Me lié a escribir postales sin darme cuenta de que no tenía sellos suficientes.I began to write postcards without realizing I did not have enough stamps.
b. to start
Desde que te liaste a leer libros en francés has aprendido mucho.Ever since you started reading books in French you have learned a lot.
8.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to get embroiled)
a. to get mixed up
Laura no se quiere liar en los problemas de la familia de su marido.Laura does not want to get mixed up with the problems of her husband's family.
b. to get involved
Si me lío en este asunto voy a salir perdiendo.If I get involved in this matter, I will end up losing.
9. (to have something)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to have an affair
Sara y Mario se liaron en verano y ahora son novios.Sara and Mario had an affair in summer and now they are together.
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liar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (atar)
a. to tie up
2. (cigarrillo)
a. to roll
3. (envolver)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
liar algo ento wrap something up in
4. (involucrar)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
liar a alguien (en)to get somebody mixed up (in)
5. (complicar)
a. to confuse
¡ya me has liado!now you've really got me confused!
su declaración no hizo más que liar el temahis statement only complicated o confused matters
6. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
liarlato mess things up
¡ya la hemos liado!, ¿por qué la invitaste?you've really gone and done it now, why did you invite her?
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
7. (enredarse)
a. to get muddled up
me lié y tardé tres horas en terminarI got muddled o confused and took three hours to finish
8. (empezar)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to begin, to start
liarse a hacer algoto start o begin doing something
se liaron a puñetazosthey set about one another
9. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to get involved
b. to have an affair
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liar
transitive verb
1 [+fardos, paquetes] (atar) to tie up; (envolver) to wrap (up)
lía este paquete con una cuerda tie up this parcel with some string
2 [+cigarrillo] to roll
3 (confundir) to confuse
me liaron con tantas explicaciones they confused me with all their explanations; ¡no me líes! (no me confundas) don't confuse me!; (no me metas en problemas) don't get me into trouble!
4
liarla (provocar una discusión) to stir up trouble; (hacer algo mal) to make a mess of things; ¡la liamos! we've done it now! (familiar)
5
liarlas (irse) to beat it (familiar); (morir) to peg out (muy_familiar)
pronominal verb
liarse
1 (confundirse) to get muddled up
explícalo mejor, que ya te has vuelto a liar explain it a bit better, you've got all muddled up again
2 (sentimentalmente)
liarse con algn to have an affair with sb; get involved with sb; se ha liado con su jefe she's having an affair with her boss
3
liarse a nos liamos a hablar y se nos pasó la hora we got talking and we forgot the time; nos liamos a ver fotos y estuve allí toda la tarde we got to looking through photos and I stayed there all evening
4
liarse a golpes o a palos to lay into one another (familiar)
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